The Goderich Signal-Star - - Opinion -

The no­tice at the en­trance in­cludes a cau­tion about the trail be­ing slip­pery when wet, some poi­son ivy and flood­ing is pos­si­ble.

The trails in my ex­pe­ri­ence tend to have more than their fair share of wind­falls across the trail. When I first hiked the trails I was of­ten un­cer­tain about where I was in re­la­tion to the park­ing lot, es­pe­cially when on the un­marked trails, this is now less of a prob­lem with maps at var­i­ous in­ter­sec­tions. The most com­mon prob­lem with hik­ers who are first timers to Naf­tels is to miss the turn off to the park­ing lot 911 # 79152 be­tween Union Road and Kitchigami road. When com­ing on Hwy 21 from Goderich I now slow down as soon as I see the col­lec­tion of log cab­ins, and if com­ing from Bay­field slow down af­ter cross­ing Naf­tel’s Creek.

Talk­ing to other hik­ers I learned that a swan has been seen on the Mait­land River at Lobbs and sand­hill cranes were seen fly­ing South. NOTES:

Duck hunt­ing sea­son is from Septem­ber 22 to Jan­uary 5

The Olde Me­ne­se­tung trail is par­tially closed due to land­slides. The new South en­try point in about 380 m along the GART, North of the bridge, where it then de­scends to­wards the river. The work on the bridge at Mor­ri­son dam has been started. This will al­low hik­ers to cross from the South to North side with­out walk­ing along Mor­ri­son Line. The Lobb trail will be closed on Novem­ber 5 and 6 for hunt­ing then closed on Novem­ber 7 for a week or more for log­ging the dead ash trees.

The sec­tion of the Mait­land Trail from about 9.5 to 10.5 km is closed for hunt­ing from Oc­to­ber 1 through to De­cem­ber 31.

The whole Mait­land trail will be closed for gun deer hunt­ing from Novem­ber 5 to 11 and De­cem­ber 3 to 9 (How­ever, there is no hunt­ing in the Falls Re­serve or GART sec­tions) UP­COM­ING HIKES:

The Novem­ber 10 at 1 p.m. River Line Balls Bridge hike has been resched­uled to Novem­ber 24

The Novem­ber 17 at 9 a.m. hike at Lobbs may be moved to an­other trail de­pend­ing on when log­ging has been com­pleted. Con­tact Patrick Cap­per 519-606-0016 or pcap­ MID WEEK HIKES:

The Tues­day Trompers walk for about an hour at a mod­er­ate to slow pace start­ing at 9 a.m. Con­tact Al San­ders at al­lan.san­ders@ huron­ The Wed­nes­day hikes start at 9 a.m. for 1 ? to 2 hours at a mod­er­ately fast pace. Con­tact pcap­per99@

The Fri­day L.I.F.E. hik­ers usu­ally meet at 8:10 at the Betty Cardno Cen­tre in Clin­ton and hike for 1 ? hours to 2 hours, one group at a mod­er­ate the other group at a mod­er­ately fast pace. Con­tact cphillips@ onecare­sup­

If you have ques­tions or some­thing of in­ter­est for Trail Talk email me Patrick Cap­per at pcap­per99@

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